After our very recent review of the Hyundai Kona N Line, Hyundai New Zealand today announced the impending arrival of the high-performance 2022 Kona N and has released the model’s specifications and pricing.

“The Kona N not only provides an excellent halo model to the every increasing Kona range but adds to our N range. N models are popular amongst performance car enthusiasts. With the introduction of the Kona N, we anticipate it will attract more new customers to either the Kona range or the N brand,” says Andy Sinclair, Hyundai New Zealand General Manager.


Aggressive exterior styling backed by a bold range of colours, and what Hyundai calls a functional yet sporty interior and most importantly, a powerful 2.0 T-GDI engine. Inside there are N-specific details such as the steering wheel, performance-blue colour accents, shift knob, sports seats, and metal pedals set the tone.


The new 10-inch infotainment and digital cluster system with digitalised elements including the new ‘N mode design’ delivers information such as lap time and N track map, while the N buttons can be customised to toggle frequently used drive modes.

With an exclusive racing heads-up-display (HUD) that features four driver-optimised information, drivers can focus solely on the road. Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is applied to the N model for the first time.


The Kona N is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged GDI engine with an 8-speed wet DCT. The N DCT offers three modes: N Power Shift (NPS), N Grin Shift (NGS) and N Track Sense Shift (NTS).

The powertrain delivers maximum power of 206kW, which potentially reaches up to 213kW with the N Grin Shift, and maximum torque of 392 Nm. To get the power down to the road, the Kona N has n E-LSD (Electronically-controlled Limited Slip Differential).

The model will go on sale locally this month, priced from RRP $69,990 incl GST.



Kona N2.0 Turbo DCT
Key specifications:
N-exclusive performance features:SmartSense advanced safety:LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
– 2.0 Turbo engine– Blind-Spot Collision-AvoidanceLED headlights and front indicators
– Active variable exhaust AssistLED side repeaters in mirrors
– Electronic Controlled Suspension– Driver Attention WarningLED tail lights
– Electro-mechanical LSD– Forward Collision-Avoidance10.25” satellite navigation system
– N Drive Mode System AssistDAB+ digital radio
– N Performance Driving Data Sys.– High Beam AssistApple CarPlay/Android Auto
– Performance brake package– Lane Following AssistHarman Kardon 8-speaker premium
– Rev matching function– Lane Keeping Assistaudio
N-exclusive exterior styling:– Rear Cross-TrafficWireless charging pad (Qi)
– 19” forged alloy wheels– Collision-Avoidance AssistClimate control – single-zone
– Pirelli P Zero HN tyres– Safe Exit WarningPower folding exterior mirrors
– Full body kit– Smart Cruise ControlRain sensing wipers
– Rear spoilerTyre Pressure Monitoring SystemAuto light control
N-exclusive interior styling:Parking Distance Warning – Front and ReverseRear privacy glass
– Alloy sports pedalsRear View MonitorAcoustic laminated windshield
– Sports front bucket seats10.25” Supervision clusterTemporary space saver spare wheel
– Leather-appointed steering wheelSmart key with push-button startHeated steering wheel
Electro-chromatic MirrorSuede/leather-appointed interiorHeated and ventilated front seats
Head-Up DisplayPower driver and front passenger seatsAmbient lighting

Future N models

By the end of 2021, the Hyundai N range expands to three models in New Zealand with i30 N, Kona N and i20 N. Pricing and specifications for the i20 N will be released closer to local launch.

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